Guilty verdict delivered in absentia a month after she fled country in case related to money-losing rice subsidy scheme

Thailand’s top court has found the former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence and sentenced her to five years in jail, a verdict delivered in absentia a month after she fled the country.

Yingluck, whose elected government was overthrown in 2014 by the army generals who still control the kingdom, had denied allegations related to a mishandled and costly rice subsidy scheme.

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